Now that everyone is working on making homemade face masks, I figured it was time to share what you can use for filters inside those cloth masks.
In case you didn’t know, traditional surgical and N95 masks have filters that help keep particles out – particles like ones that can cause you to contract viruses and other airborne illnesses.
With that being said, the cotton masks that everyone is making don’t have the filters and finding them is near impossible right now. So, here’s some alternatives…
A Furnace Filter
According to this family physician, you can take apart a furnace filter and have enough material to use for several masks. It’ll run you about $19 and you can order them on Amazon here.
Coffee filters are great because you can get a ton for less than $5 and they are almost the right size too. You can get them on Amazon here.
Dryer sheets can be a good alternative if you don’t have anything else to use. You also want to ensure you get unscented/natural ones. Something like the Seventh Generation Dryer Sheets (plant-based) will work. You can order them on Amazon here.
These are just a few ideas and keep in mind, the filter you choose needs to be breathable and woven enough to block particles. For more information on making your own homemade masks, you can check out information here.
For ideas on how to make masks with filters, there are some helpful YouTube videos below.